FLYNN EFFECT

Australia is far away for most of us living in the rest of the world but through the wonders of music we get to hear from cool bands like FLYNN EFFECT. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

What is this band really all about?
-Flynn Effect is all about entertaining people. We want them to connect with us, to party with us, cry with us, dance with us. We aim to create an interesting, but accessible and catchy sound that everyone can enjoy.

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-Usually not. People are surprised, but pleasantly so. Brisbane has produced some great bands here in Australia so people have interest in what’s happening happening here.

When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that?
We’ve only had one release so far, but what we are doing with our second album is going bigger. We want to expand our horizons and experiment with structure and atmosphere. I think it’s important to try to do something different, but keeping a certain signature sound is just as important to us.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up with really good songs?
-The challenging part was the production, getting the sound quality right. We usually write quickly. Jesse is the chief songwriter and I come in and write the vocals, then we work on the song with Matt and James, until we get it to a place where we are all happy with it. Our first album took about two years to complete, but most of that time was spent in the studio, working on the production. We started with 20 songs and picked our favourites. It’s always a case of having more than you need.

Do you prefer working digitally or is physical still cooler?
-As a musician, you have to be aware of what’s happening in the industry and what people actually want. Fans do buy CDs at shows, but the bulk of the attention comes from digital downloads and streaming services. It’s what people prefer, so it’s what we provide. CD’s are becoming irrelevant, but they’re good to have just in case.

With a sound that is being described as both this and that by fans how do you view your sound?
-We’ve always had a very clear vision of what we wanted Flynn Effect to be. We wanted to use simple and obvious elements, but create something unique, something interesting and unexpected for a female fronted band. Whether we achieved that, I’m not sure, but we are at a place right now where we are proud of our work, we have fun and we connect with people, and that’s the best thing about being a musician, you get to experience that.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
The lyrics are very important. They’re quite personal and sometimes maybe too cryptic. But we talk about things everyone has experienced – Love, anger, heartache, self-loathing, all of that. I find inspiration in many different things and it’s usually quite random, but I think getting your feelings out there helps you deal with them. I try to have a sense of humour and I like expressing myself in a more theatrical, over-the-top way. Its never too grim.

What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
In creating the artwork for “Skin”, what we really wanted was to have our logo on the front, to establish it as something for people to remember the band by. We do love art and we would love to collaborate with artists in the future.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Sometimes we would start playing and there will be 20 people in the room. Two songs in, the lights come on and we would see a full room. That’s a great feeling. Fans are earned slowly, but every single one is important to us. We meet new people after every show and its really quite incredible when they say they enjoyed the show even though they’ve never heard the band before. We make new friends all the time, and we treat them as friends rather than fans. They can get quite involved with the band, and we like it that way.

What do you see in the future?
-We are currently writing our second album, which we hope to finish by the end of next year. After that, we are going on the road for a few shows and then we begin recording and pre-production. We are constantly working on expanding our live show and have a lot of surprises in store. The plan is that one day we’ll get to tour outside Australia and play in all these amazing places, show our music to people all over the world, and play for them. That’s our goal. That’s our dream.

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